College Football TV Schedule Week 10

The National Football Foundation has released its television schedule for week ten. The games are listed by conference home game (all times Eastern).

ACC

Saturday, November 7

  • Virginia @ (17)Miami,12 noon, Raycom; Steve Martin, Rick Walker, Mike Hogewood
  • Maryland @ NC State, 1 p.m., ESPN360; Ryan Rose, Danny Kanell
  • Duke @ North Carolina, 3 p.m., ESPNU; Todd Harris, Charles Arbuckle
  • Wake Forest @ (10)Georgia Tech, 3:30 p.m., ABC; Pam Ward, Ray Bentley
  • Florida State @ Clemson, 7:45 p.m., ESPN; Brad Nessler, Todd Blackledge, Erin Andrews

Big East

Saturday, November 7

  • Louisville @ West Virginia, 12 noon, Big East Network; Mike Gleason, John Congemi, Quint Kessenich
  • Syracuse @ (13)Pittsburgh, 12 noon, ESPNU; Clay Matvick, David Diaz-Infante
  • Connecticut @ (5)Cincinnati, 8 p.m., ABC; Brent Musburger, Kirk Herbstreit, Lisa Salters

Big Ten

Saturday, November 7

  • Illinois @ Minnesota, 12 noon, Big Ten Network; Matt Rosen, Ron Johnson, Ron Johnson
  • Northwestern @ (4)Iowa, 12 noon, ESPN; Dave Pasch, Bob Griese, Chris Spielman
  • Purdue @ Michigan, 12 noon, Big Ten Network; Wayne Larrivee, Chris Martin, Charissa Thompson
  • Western Michigan @ Michigan State, 12 noon, Big Ten Network; Ari Wolfe, Anthony Herron, Larra Overton
  • (21)Wisconsin @ Indiana, 12 noon, Big Ten Network; Craig Coshun, Glen Mason, Mike Hall
  • (16)Ohio State @ (11)Penn State, 3:30 p.m., ABC; Sean McDonough, Matt Millen, Holly Rowe

Big 12

Saturday, November 7

  • Central Florida @ (2)Texas, 12 noon, FSN; Bill Land, Gary Reasons, Emily Jones
  • Kansas @ Kansas State, 12:30 p.m., Versus; Ron Thulin, Kelly Stouffer, Lewis Johnson
  • Texas A&M @ Colorado, 1:30 p.m., FCS Central; Dan McLaughlin, Yogi Roth, Samantha Steele
  • Baylor @ Missouri, 2 p.m., No TV
  • (19)Oklahoma State @ Iowa State, 3:30 p.m., ABC; Bob Wischusen, Brain Griese
  • (24)Oklahoma @ Nebraska, 8 p.m., ABC; Ron Franklin, Ed Cunningham

Conference USA

Thursday, November 5

  • (23)Virginia Tech @ East Carolina, 7:30 p.m., ESPN Rece Davis, Mark May, Lou Holtz, Todd Harris

Saturday, November 7

  • Florida Atlantic @ UAB 12 noon, No TV
  • Rice @ SMU, 3 p.m., Time Warner/Metro Sports C.J. Martin, Bruce Wiseman
  • UTEP @ Tulane, 3:30 p.m., CW 33 Jon Teicher,Bernie Ricono, Jeff Limberg
  • (15)Houston @ Tulsa, 7:30 p.m., CBS College Sports; Tom Hart, Aaron Taylor

MAC

Thursday, November 5

  • Miami(OH) @ Temple, 7:30 p.m., No TV Thursday, November 5 – Eastern Michigan @ Northern Illinois, 7:30 p.m., ESPNU; Charlie Neal, Jay Walker

Saturday, November 7

  • Kent State @ Akron, 3:30 p.m., FS Ohio, Jeff Phelps, Hanford Dixon

Tuesday, November 10 – Ohio @ Buffalo, 7 p.m. ESPN2

Wednesday, November 11 – Toledo @ Central Michigan, 8 p.m., ESPN2

Mountain West

Saturday, November 7

  • BYU @ Wyoming, 2 p.m., The Mtn.; James Bates, Todd Christensen, Andrea Lloyd
  • (6)TCU @ San Diego State, 4 p.m., Versus; Tim Neverett, Glenn Parker, Lindsay Soto
  • Army @ Air Force, 3:30 p.m., CBS College Sports; Dave Ryan, Jason Sehorn
  • New Mexico @ (14)Utah, 4 p.m., The Mtn.; Dan Gutowsky, Blaine Fowler, Sammy Linebaugh
  • Colorado State @ UNLV, 8 p.m., The Mtn.; Bill Doleman, Robert Griffith, Molly Sullivan

PAC 10

Saturday, November 7

  • (8)Oregon @ Stanford, 3:30 p.m., FSN; Barry Tompkins, Petros Papadakis, Rebecca Haarlow
  • Washington @ UCLA, 3:30 p.m, FSN/FCS Bill McDonald, James Washington, Brooke Olzendam, Courtney Jones
  • Washington State @ (18)Arizona, 3:30 p.m., AWSN/FCS Dave Sitton, John Fina, Glenn Howell
  • Oregon State @ (2)California, 7 p.m., FSN; Steve Physioc, Mike Pawlawski, Drea Avent
  • (12)USC @ Arizona State, 8 p.m., ABC; Mike Patrick, Craig James, Heather Cox

SEC

Saturday, November 7

  • South Carolina @ Arkansas, 12:21 p.m., SEC Network; Dave Neal, Andre Ware, Cara Capuano
  • Tennesse Tech @ Georgia, 1 p.m., CSS PPV; Matt Stewart, Buck Belue, Sandra Golden
  • Eastern Kentucky @ Kentucky, 1 p.m., WKYT-27 Rob Bromley, Tim Couch, Dick Gabriel
  • Furman @ Auburn, 1:30 p.m., CSS PPV; Andy Burcham, Cole Cubelic, Melissa Lee
  • (9)LSU @ (3)Alabama, 3:30 p.m., CBS; Verne Lundquist, Gary Danielson, Tracy Wolfson
  • Memphis @ Tennessee, 7 p.m., ESPNU; Eric Collins, Brock Huard
  • Vanderbilt @ (1)Florida, 7:15 p.m., ESPN2; Mark Jones, Bob Davie
  • Northern Arizona @ Ole Miss, 7:30 p.m., CSS Todd Bell, Chris Doering

Sun Belt

Saturday, November 7

  • Florida Atlantic @ UAB, 2 p.m., No TV
  • Louisiana-Lafayette @ Arkansas State, 3:30 p.m., Sun Belt Network; Todd Kalas, Derek Rackley
  • Louisiana-Monroe @ North Texas, 4 p.m., No TV
  • Florida International @ Middle Tennesse, 4:30 p.m., Blue Raiders TV; Chip Walters, Kelly Holcomb
  • Troy @ Western Kentucky, 5 p.m., No TV

WAC

  • Friday, November 6 – (7)Boise State @ Louisiana Tech, 8 p.m., ESPN2; Dave Lamont, Rod Gilmore
  • Saturday, November 7 – Utah State @ Hawaii, 10:05 p.m., Oceanic PPV; Jim Leahey, Russell Yamaoha
  • Saturday, November 7 – Fresno State @ Idaho, 10:30 p.m., ESPNU; Justin Kutcher, Tom Luginbill
  • Sunday, November 8 – Nevada @ San Jose State, 8 p.m., ESPN; Terry Gannon, David Norrie

Independents

  • Saturday, November 7 – Navy @ (22)Notre Dame 2:30 p.m. NBC; Tom Hammond, Pat Haden, Alex Flanagan

IVY

Saturday, November 7

  • Harvard @ Columbia, 12:30 p.m., GoCrimson.com
  • Cornell @ Dartmouth, 12:30 p.m., NO TV
  • Brown @ Yale, 1 p.m., YES; Chris Shearn, Ross Tucker, Jack Ford
  • Princeton @ Pennsylvania, 3:30 p.m., Comcast; Scott Graham, Kevin Reilly

Professor’s Picks Week 10

2009 Record

Overall Record: 96-38
Last Week: 9-5

Comment: Followed up best week of season with worst. As we move toward semester’s end the assignments get tougher and tougher.

Best Pick: No real Fulbright-scholar stuff last week; Texas Tech over Kansas maybe?

Worst Pick: The USC debacle at Oregon, the Ole Miss collapse against Auburn, the Kentucky blue funk vs. Miss State … take your pick.

Here are this week’s SEC picks and national games of interest.

Enjoy!

SEC Games

South Carolina (6-3, 3-3) at Arkansas (4-4, 1-4)
11:21 a.m. CT SEC Network / ESPN360.com / ESPN GamePlan
Reynolds Razorback Stadium (72,000)
Comment: The second best game in the league gets a bacon and eggs kickoff time this week. Combining the Arkansas offense with the SC defense would make a major bowl-caliber team as the Hogs boast the top passing attack in the conference and the second best scoring average at 35 ppg. On the other side, the Gamecock defense ranks second in pass defense and fifth in scoring D, but the offense is next to last in scoring. Both teams will go bowling after the year, and the Razorbacks improve their place in the pecking order.
Professor’s Pick: Arkansas

Tennessee Tech (5-3) at Georgia (4-4, 3-3)
1 p.m. ET Georgia PPV / ESPN 360.com / ESPN GamePlan
Sanford Stadium (92,746)
Comment: The Dogs get to play at home for the first time in over a month (who made this schedule?) and T-Tech should make a nice homecoming present. Penalties, turnovers, and plenty of lapses on both sides of the ball have plagued Georgia all season, so Watson Brown’s Golden Eagles of the Ohio Valley Conference (T-Tech is in third place in OVC) may not be a complete pushover. Close enough to one though.
Professor’s Pick: Georgia

Eastern Kentucky (5-3) at Kentucky (4-4, 1-4)
1 p.m. ET WKYT-TV / WMYT-TV / ESPN 360.com / ESPN GamePlan
Commonwealth Stadium (67,942)
Kentucky looked like a lock for a fourth consecutive bowl appearance last week, but a home loss to Miss State makes a win this week over the Colonel’s imperative. Eastern figures to be a hard-nosed visitor, making the brief drive up I-75 from Richmond to Lexington.
Professor’s Pick: Kentucky

Furman (4-4) at Auburn (6-3, 3-3)
12:30 p.m. CT Auburn PPV / ESPN 360.com / ESPN GamePlan
Pat Dye Field / Jordan Hare Stadium (87,451)
Comment: Auburn continues to befuddle the professor. After starting the season on fire at 5-0, the Tigers went into a mid-season swoon and seemed destined for a 6-6 mark. Then they went and thumped Ole Miss on the Plains and now look like a threat again. Furman is a power in the venerable Southern Conference, but the alliteratively-named Purple Paladins should be out of their league.
Professor’s Pick: Auburn

LSU (7-1, 4-1) at Alabama (8-0, 5-0)
2:30 p.m. CT CBS Sports
Bryant-Denny Stadium (92,012)
Comment: Short of a potential Alabama-Florida SEC championship game, this tilt in Tuscaloosa is the biggest remaining contest on the conference calendar. LSU arrives with one blemish (a 13-3 home loss to Florida), and the least fanfare of any team ranked in the national top ten. The Tigers are last in the SEC in total offense and a shocking tenth in rushing offense (even with the talented tailback tandem of Charles Scott and Keiland Williams … QB Jordan Jefferson is a good running threat too). Defensively, the Tigers should prepare for a healthy dose of Tide RB Mark Ingram running from the Wildcat formation. Ingram’s prowess (along with the kicking of Leigh Tiffin) has been the bright spot of an Alabama offense plagued with inconsistent quarterback play by Greg McElroy for the last month. While LSU has had the upper hand in the series of late (winning five of six overall and the last four in T-Town), the Tide defense has been much stronger this season and should keep them rolling toward Atlanta for that Florida showdown.
Professor’s Pick: Alabama

Memphis (2-6) at Tennessee (4-4, 2-3)
7 p.m. ET ESPNU
Shield-Watkins Field/Neyland Stadium (100,011)
Comment: For all the bluster about Lane Kiffin rejuvenating Tennessee with recruiting and bravado (the lastest claim being that him getting mentioned by rapper Lil’ Wayne gives the Vols “street cred” … isn’t it hilarious to hear Kirk Herbstreit, Brad Nessler, and Desmond Howard talk about street cred?) … even with all that, Kiffin still has not won two games in a row. The woeful Tigers from Memphis should remedy that hole in Kiffin’s credibility.
Professor’s Pick: Tennessee

Vanderbilt (2-7, 0-5) at Florida (8-0, 6-0)
7:15 p.m. ET ESPN2
Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at Florida Field (88,548)
Comment: Florida is rounding into form for the stretch national championship run. Vanderbilt has lost five in a row this season. Florida has beaten Vandy 18 times in a row, going back to 1988. Oh yeah, it’s a night game at the Swamp on national television. What do you think?
Professor’s Pick: Florida

Northern Arizona (5-3) at Ole Miss (5-3, 2-3)
6:30 p.m. CT CSS / ESPN360.com / ESPN GamePlan
Hollingsworth Field/Vaught-Hemingway Stadium (60,580)
Comment: The Rebels got handled pretty easily at Auburn last week and now find themselves struggling to qualify for a bowl … any bowl. Playing their second FCS/I-AA team of the season means the Rebs have to win 7 games to be bowl-eligible. After facing the Lumberjacks this week, Ole Miss hosts Tennessee and LSU before finishing the season in the Egg Bowl at Miss State. A disappointing season would turn embarrassing should Houston Nutt’s crew not win two of these last four. They get one this week.
Professor’s Pick: Ole Miss

Selected National Picks

TCU at San Diego State: 4-4 Aztecs, winners of two straight, are one of tougher games left for BCS dreaming Horned Frogs. Not tough enough. Professor’s Pick: TCU

Oregon State at Cal: Two good teams with 3-2 conference marks in the underappreciated PAC-10. I’ll go with Cal but really like OSU and Mike Riley a lot. Professor’s Pick: Cal

Oklahoma at Nebraska: History and tradition alone make this game worth watching. Sooners squeak by ghosts of Devaney, Rodgers, Tagge, Osbore, Gill, et al. Professor’s Pick: Oklahoma

Kansas at Kansas State: The Sunflower Showdown is really important to K-State Wildcats as they sit atop Big 12 North. Not sure why, but I’ll go with struggling Todd Reesing and the Jayhawks in a mild upset. Professor’s Pick: Kansas

Boise State at Louisiana Tech: If Broncos are to lose, a Friday night game against (Derek) Dooley’s Dogs might be the game. But … I don’t think they will. Professor’s Pick: Boise State

Navy at Notre Dame: Irish must win out for any potential BCS bowl game; otherwise Gator Bowl seems a lock. Return of WR Michael Floyd further boosts an already explosive offense for ND, defense struggles to contain Middie option, and Irish win a closer-than-expected game. Professor’s Pick: Notre Dame

Florida State at Clemson: As odd as it seems, this game has conference title game implications. Dabo Swinney’s Tigers are up and down so flip a coin … heads-Clemson tails-FSU … mine came out heads so I guess that means Clemson is up this week. Professor’s Pick: Clemson

Oregon at Stanford: The nation’s hottest team plays against the PAC 10’s most physical squad. Letdown alert for Ducks … upset special of week. Professor’s Pick: Stanford

Ohio State at Penn State: Nittany Lions not completely out of Big Ten title picture but must handle Buckeyes to stay alive. They do. Professor’s Pick: Penn State

See you at kickoff!

College Football Week 10

All the leaves are brown and the sky is gray …
I’d be safe and warm, if I was in L.A. …
California Dreaming …

(California Dreaming, The Mamas and the Papas)

Hanging Ten

Like a So Cal surfer with all ten toes on the nose, two fistfuls of college football teams are still California dreaming as we move into November.

Welcome back to The Campus Game, where we can’t furnish the sand or sea, but can provide a road map to Pasadena.

Today we review the current top ten teams in the BCS standings … and explain what must happen for those squads to play for a national championship.

We’ll start at the top where the conditions are clean and move down into the choppy waters of those needing to catch a sleeper wave.

Florida: 1) Win out and Gators are westward bound. 2) If Gators lose a regular season game, but beat an undefeated Alabama team in the SEC title game, they might still get to BCS championship by outranking any other one-loss team and undefeated Cincinnati, TCU, or Boise State squads (an undefeated Iowa would beat out a 12-1 Florida).

Texas: 1) Win out and the Longhorns play for another title in Tinsel Town. 2) Should UT lose a regular season game, but win the Big 12 title, the Horns would likely need Iowa and Oregon to lose down the stretch. Like Florida, a once-beaten Longhorns team should outrank undefeated Boise or TCU teams (but the weak schedule makes it more iffy with regard to Cincinnati).

Alabama: 1) Win out and Tide rolls to the Pacific. 2) Should Bama fall in regular season, same scenario as Florida above … counting on one-loss SEC champ reaching title game over potential unbeatens and any other one-loss team (Oregon being the most dangerous).

Iowa: Hawkeyes must win out and count on two of the three teams above to lose. An unbeaten Iowa would get the nod over any once-beaten team.

Cincinnati: Bearcats are in a similar circumstance as Iowa, only the Hawkeyes figure to outrank them if both remain unbeaten. My feeling is that a one-loss SEC champ would get dibs over an undefeated Cincy team … a one-loss Texas would not.

TCU: Horned Frogs are interesting, but I do not see them making the title game unless something freakish happens … Texas, Iowa, and Cincinnati all lose, and the SEC teams finish regular season unbeaten. Frogs could make a case to play for title against winner of SEC championship game. Unlikely – but not impossible.

Boise State: While the Broncos victory over Oregon looks more impressive every week, Boise will not play for a title under any realistic circumstance. A one-loss SEC champ would block them, and Texas-Iowa-Cincy-TCU-Oregon-Georgia Tech would all have to lose … even that might not be enough.

Oregon: Along with LSU, the Ducks have the clearest path from the back of the pack to the front. A one-loss Ducks team could displace anybody below Iowa from the list above … so they need Iowa and two from among Texas and the SEC teams to lose. Boise presents a potential wipeout for the Ducks because the Broncos dominated them to open the season. Long-shot title contender but it’s possible (and team is playing better than anybody right now).

LSU: Bengal Tigers quietly have a very clear path to title game (I just don’t think they are good enough to navigate it) … win out and the Tigers will play for a national title. A one-loss SEC champ figures to be in unless Texas and Iowa win out.

Georgia Tech: Nobody wants to face the Rambling Wreck offense but everyone would love a crack at that porous defense. Unrealistic to think of title game scenario but here goes … Jackets win out and hope to play the SEC champ in title game … so, Texas and Iowa must lose ugly and Cincy-Oregon must lose; then Jackets might outrank Boise and TCU. Extremely soft non-conference schedule (and a generally weak ACC) hurts chances. Orange Bowl is nice consolation.

The Campus Game Top Ten Games (Week 10)

Difficult to identify ten good games this week with many conference teams scheduling a post-Halloween non-conference cupcake but here goes:

10. TCU at San Diego State: 4-4 Aztecs, winners of two straight, are one of tougher games left for BCS dreaming Horned Frogs.

9. Oregon State at Cal: Two good teams with 3-2 conference marks in the underappreciated PAC-10.

8. Oklahoma at Nebraska: History and tradition alone make this game worth watching.

7. Kansas at Kansas State: The Sunflower Showdown is really important to K-State Wildcats as they sit atop Big 12 North.

6. Boise State at Louisiana Tech: If Broncos are to lose, a Friday night game against (Derek) Dooley’s Dogs might be the game.

5. Navy at Notre Dame: Irish must win out for any potential BCS bowl game; otherwise Gator Bowl seems a lock.

4. Florida State at Clemson: As odd as it seems, this game has conference title game implications.

3. Oregon at Stanford: The nation’s hottest team plays against the PAC 10’s most physical squad. Letdown alert for Ducks.

2. Ohio State at Penn State: Nittany Lions not completely out of national title picture but must handle Buckeyes to stay alive.

1. LSU at Alabama: SEC West goes to the winner in all likelihood, and national title dreams stay alive as well.

Enjoy the games!